Ana Cristina Calderon Ramirez, a PhD Fellow on our GPAC² programme, has beaten around 100 other researchers to win Best Paper Award at the International Public Procurement Conference 7 (IPPC7).
The paper, ‘Elements of public procurement reform and their effect on the public sector in Latin America and the Caribbean’, was co-authored with Leslie Elizabeth Harper and Jorge Enrique Muñoz Ayala, but the main idea came from the PhD dissertation of Calderon Ramirez.
She will now present at the IPPC7 Conference in Bali, Indonesia, from 3-5 August 2016. The paper itself will appear later this year in the Journal of Public Procurement. See the abstract below for more details.
Between 2007 and 2013, public procurement systems in Latin America and the Caribbean underwent a critical reform process. However, not much is known about the elements of reform and their effect on the public sector. In order to assess this gap in knowledge, this study used an institutional evaluation multivariate tool developed and carried out by the Inter-American Development Bank called PRODEV.
Based on a sample panel of countries, effects on the development of public procurement systems were calculated. The results indicated that, of the three main areas of procurement reform evaluated, the creation of a procurement agency had the largest impact. At the same time, evidence was found that backed the hypothesis that creating these agencies had a positive effect on the perception of public sector performance.